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Capitals Holtby to Return, Isles Grabovski Close

Goaltender Braden Holtby Set to Return for Game 3 Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby is set to return to the lineup tomorrow night for Game 3 of the Capitals’ series against the New York Islanders, after missing Game 2 due to illness. Philipp Grubauer was recalled from the Hershey Bears (AHL) in Holtby’s absence, and led the Capitals to a…


Series Preview: Capitals Versus Islanders

As the regular season has come to an end, Last Word On Sports analyzes every playoff series heading into this week’s action. In the first installment, we take a look at the matchups in five categories: Offense, defense, goaltending, coaching and special teams. We also run down the players to look out for and give our final assessment on how…

2014 NHL Awards - Inside

Last Word On NHL Awards: Vezina Trophy

Last Word On Sports is doing our annual awards nominations and predictions. We’ll be giving you our nominations and predictions for the Selke Trophy, Vezina Trophy, Calder Trophy, Norris Trophy, Jack Adams Trophy, and the Hart Trophy.   The Vezina trophy is awarded each year to the one goalie who has been voted by 30 NHL GM’s for his outstanding…

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Reports of the Demise of Canadian Goaltending Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

At this time last year, as the Sochi Olympics approached, there was great concern and consternation across Canada as fans and analysts debated the state of Canadian goaltending.

New York Islanders v Washington Capitals

Puck Drop Preview: 2014-15 Washington Capitals

Welcome to Puck Drop Preview 2014-15, where our hockey department gives you a detailed look at each team from around the NHL leading to the start of this hockey season and offers our insight and analysis. Makes sure to stick around until the end of the series, where we’ll offer our full predictions for the standings in each division, and eventually our…

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 04:  Jaroslav Halak #41 of the Washington Capitals tends net against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on April 4, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Capitals 2-1.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Flaking Out: Jaroslav Halak Not Comfortable to Play Must Win Game

When the Washington Capitals acquired goaltender Jaroslav Halak from the Buffalo Sabres at the NHL trade deadline, they hoped that he would provide the team with the same type of quality, high pressure goaltending that he provided against them in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and would help the team nail down one of the final playoff spots in the…


The Red District: Lack of Urgency May Cost Capitals

The Washington Capitals seem to have finally hit their stride over the last week, but their new found stability may have come a bit too late in the 2013-14 campaign. With only 11 games remaining before their regular season comes to an end, the Caps find themselves on the outside looking in when it comes to postseason potential. The team…

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